Tom Hughes en Congressman Fernand St Germain Dies At 86 <p>Former U.S. Rep. Fernand&nbsp; "Fred"' St Germain, who rose from modest roots in French-Canadian Woonsocket to become one of the most powerful politicians in Washington, D.C., only to meet defeat in 1988 among allegations of ethical misconduct, has died. He was 86.</p><p>St Germain, a Democrat, first elected in 1960 with President John F. Kennedy, was known for paying vigorous attention to constituent services and bringing federal programs, especially housing for the elderly, to Rhode Island.</p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:00:59 +0000 Scott MacKay 38396 at Congressman Fernand St Germain Dies At 86 Nuala Pell Laid To Rest In Newport <p>The life of Nuala Pell, widow of Sen. Claiborne Pell, was celebrated Monday morning with wit, tradition and family love and devotion in services at Trinity Episcopal Church in Newport, the city she loved and where she died last week at age 89.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:20:40 +0000 Scott MacKay 32407 at Nuala Pell Laid To Rest In Newport The Clay Pell factor in 2014 RI Governor campaign <p>Just when we thought we knew that next year’s Democratic gubernatorial primary field was set, it suddenly was not. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay talks about the Clay Pell factor.</p><p>Herbert Claiborne `Clay’ Pell&nbsp; IV is a scion of a storied Rhode Island political family. He’s the grandson of U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell, a quirky, even eccentric politician who nonetheless never lost an election in six terms, despite facing the toughest opponents our small state could muster.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:57:51 +0000 Scott MacKay 25234 at